Verstappen downplays impact of losing title race – “Finishing second won’t change my life”

Max Verstappen has downplayed the impact of losing the title race this season, saying it wouldn’t affect him that much.

With seven races to go, Verstappen trails Lewis Hamilton in the battle for the WDC. The lead is just two points, which means there is still all to play for.

The title race is now heating up, and it is still very much a coin flip as to who will prevail on the final day of the season. The Dutchman is focused and raring to go to the end to win, but stated that it is not as important as people think.

Verstappen downplayed the impact of losing the title race this season, saying a loss wouldn’t change his life.

“I always do my best and I know that the team is also doing the best they can,” Verstappen said, as quoted by

Formula 1: Max Verstappen has already matched a career-high
Verstappen (pictured) says second place will not affect his life so much. Source:

“And if that’s going to be first at the end of the year, that’s of course an amazing achievement, and that’s what we work for, right?

“But, even if we would finish second, I think we’d still have had a great season. And at the end of the day it’s not really going to change my life.

“I mean, I enjoy what I’m doing, and I think that’s also very important. For me, there is not much to worry about really.”

Grind and race

Verstappen explained that he expects a tight title race, and that he can’t really predict anything until it is well and truly done.

“I don’t really know where it’s going to be. Are we in front? Are we just behind?” Verstappen said.

“I think some tracks will probably be a bit better for us, or at least on paper, and probably some will be a bit better for them (Mercedes).

“So, hopefully it will just continue like it has been for the last few races. It’s very close and we can have a good battle,” he concluded.

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